Ex-Owyhee County deputy who was in on-duty crash pleads guilty to DUI, sentenced to probation

A former Owyhee County Sheriff’s deputy who crashed a patrol vehicle and was charged with DUI in May has reached a plea deal with prosecutors.

Kyle T. Pearson pleaded guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor DUI, according to Pearson’s attorney, Michael C. Larsen.

Two breath tests and a blood test showed the deputy was drunk behind the wheel early on the morning of May 14, investigators said. ( Read more about the arrest here). No one was injured in the crash.

Magistrate Judge Dan C. Grober sentenced Pearson to 180 days in jail, then suspended all 180 days, online court records show. He imposed one year of probation, the first three months supervised and the latter nine months unsupervised.

Pearson was also ordered to do 40 hours of community service by June 17, 2016. He must pay fines and fees totaling $690.

Grober granted Pearson a withheld judgment, meaning the conviction would be expunged from his record if he successfully completes probation.